Amherst football coach Mark Lusic has been named Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week, the organization announced Nov. 7.
Lusic, in his third season with the Falcons, led Amherst to a 21-14 victory over Stratford Nov. 3 in the third round of the WIAA football playoffs.
“From the beginning of the season, our team motto has been, ‘Get better every day,'” Lusic said. “Since then, our players have bought into the program and put a lot of time into the weight room to increase their strength and speed. We’ve gotten better every week and expect to get better.”
A Milwaukee native, Lusic is a 1998 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, where he played quarterback under former Packers Coach of the Week and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Bill Young. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004, Lusic was hired as an assistant coach at Waterford High School. After two years, he accepted an assistant coaching position at Waupaca High School, where he spent four seasons. Lusic accepted his current position at Amherst in 2010, where he is also the school’s social studies teacher.
Lusic and his staff oversee a program of 55 players. His assistant coaching staff includes Logan Feldt, Bennett Hansen, Paul Higgins, Rudy Pate, Greg Smidt, Doug Spadoni, Gary Villnow, Zach Weller and Mike Zblewski. Pate and Spadoni were assistants with Lusic in Waupaca, while Feldt and Hansen played high school football in Waupaca.
Lusic and his wife, Aimee, have two children, Maddie and Cal.
The Packers and the Wisconsin National Guard recognize one outstanding high school coach during the 2012 high school football season. Winners are awarded several items and privileges, including a $2,000 donation to the school’s football program from the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin National Guard and NFL, as well as recognition of the award on Packers.com.
NOTE: The Thursday, Nov. 8, edition of the County Post West indicated that Amherst’s Level 4 playoff game against Colby will be played in Schofield. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Goerke Field in Stevens Point. The County Post West apologizes for the error.